It has been a quite a busy last two months for Vodacom and their rollout of LTE base stations. Earlier today, Vodacom announced the launch LTE as alive in Cape Town CBD, Stellenbosch, Atlantic Seaboard (including Camps Bay), the Waterfront and Century City. More sites are planned for early next year. This comes in addition with Johannesburg, Pretoria and Durban.
Vodacom’s Chief Technology Officer Andries Delport said: “In the six months to September we invested R3.2 billion in our network in South Africa. One of the big focus areas has been providing high speed links to our base stations, which we’ve now completed at more than 5 000 sites to support both LTE and faster 3G connections. Our clear goal is to ensure that Vodacom maintains its lead with the best network experience and widest coverage.”
LTE has the capability to operate at much faster speeds and lower latency than 3G, and represents a major change in how people experience the internet. Its higher speeds and lower latency mean an improved user experience with stutter-free video and almost instantaneous music downloads.
“I’m pleased to say that we’ve also managed to bring LTE to Cape Town several weeks ahead of schedule and in time for the holiday season.” Added Delport.